Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce 2838 Martin Luther King,Jr. Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75215 214/421-5200 214/421-5510 fax www.dbcc.org “Constructive Leadership Since 1926”
Why You Should Be A Member Your investment in the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce (DBCC) is important to your business and the economic development of the entire city. Membership in the Chamber provides advantages designed to meet business needs in areas of business promotions, networking,
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advertising, education, and legislative representation. Here are some specific benefits: Involvement As a Chamber member, you are part of an active solution driven organization. The Chamber serves as a catalyst to resolve key business issues. Members are encouraged to participate in committee work designed to have an impact on the quality of life for everyone. By working with other business leaders in a cooperative fashion, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce produces positive results.
Membership Directory The Chamber receives thousands of inquiries each year from consumers for products and services. Individuals are referred to Chamber members in an effort to provide increased clientele and profits to members. In addition, the Chamber publishes a membership directory that list all business members; it is used throughout the metroplex by consumers and corporations as a handy reference for products and services.
DBCC Update Membership in the Chamber entitles you to receive a copy of the “DBCC Update”. The Chamber’s newsletter is the single most important vehicle for communicating with our members and the entire business community. The “DBCC Update” includes information on DBCC programs, activities, departmental updates, feature stories and member profiles.
Business & Economic Development Department The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to the business success of our members and through our Business and Economic Development Department—the goal is to harness the power of available resources to help guide members along the pathway to success. The DBCC offers an array of services, ranging from referrals to technical assistance, mentoring and networking events all geared toward making members more competitive in the marketplace. Through our monthly meetings, small business members are matched with area corporate representatives to discuss existing opportunities.
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Convention & Tourism Department The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Convention and Tourism Department is designed to identify and recruit African-American conventions and tourists to Dallas while providing the hospitality industry contracting opportunities to Chamber members. The departmentâ€™s function is to develop relationships with meeting planners, prepare promotional materials and other resources necessary to attract African American conventions and tourists to Dallas â€“ to increase the economic opportunities created by conventions and visitors for DBCC member businesses and to provide support for these groups while they are in Dallas. Some of the other services provided through convention and tourism include media contacts, professional services, registration assistance, community events calendar, minority business contacts, city maps and brochures on area attractions.
Education Department The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Department is designed to enhance the educational, cultural and social experiences of students in the Dallas Independent School District. The program is structured to have a positive impact on the attitudes, values and behaviors necessary for student success, in and out of the classroom. Excellence in Education was established in December 1986 as a business/education partnership between the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Independent School District. The program has successfully impacted over 10,000 students. A major component of the Excellence in Education initiative is the Scholarship Awards Program. More than twenty years ago, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and local businesses joined to assist Dallas area students in pursuing their career goals through the Excellence in Education Scholarship Awards program. Students wishing to apply for the scholarship must submit an application form, two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, clergy, etc., and a written summary of his/her career goals.
M. L. K., Jr. Main Street Program The M. L. K., Jr. Main Street Program serves as a liaison to city government regarding issues that affect South Dallas/Fair Park, facilitates communications to keep businesses and property owners, retailers and investors informed of activities, issues and developments impacting the area. The Main Street Program serves as a unifying factor to encourage reinvestment in South Dallas/Fair Park.
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Special Projects Department The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Special Projects Department plans and implements special events designed to increase the exposure of the Chamber while providing funds to subsidize programs offered to our members at no cost. The objective of the Special Projects Department is to increase the awareness and involvement of African American businesses and area corporations in activities supporting the efforts of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. Our annual events include Quest for Success Awards Luncheon, golf tournament, multi-ethnic mixer, banquet and holiday gala.
Networking Members have an opportunity to attend open house following each monthly board/membership meeting, giving members first-hand knowledge of facilities, services and/or products in a relaxing atmosphere that promotes valuable business contacts. Quarterly mixers feature presentations on special topics. The general meetings are held the third Thursday of every month, beginning at 6:30 P.M., at the Dallas Black Chamber office.
Other Chamber Services ■
Meeting Room Facility
Contract Bid Information
Business Mentoring Program/Consultations
Job Opportunity Listing
Long Distance Discounts
Area Attractions Discounts
Member Business Brochure Display
Visitor Information Center
Media Advertising Discounts
For more information on how to join the nation’s oldest and largest Black Chamber of Commerce, contact Carmen Humble at 214.421.5200.
Annual Membership Dues: Individual (for persons not in business) Business Dues: 0-9 Employees 10-29 ” 30-99 ” 100-199 ” 200-499 ” 500+ ” Individuals (Life Membership) Small Businesses (Life Membership) Corporations (Life Membership)
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$100.00 $275.00 $350.00 $500.00 $750.00 $1,000.00 to be determined $1,500.00 $5,000.00 $10,000.00
Individual Membership Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Business Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________ City __________________________________________________State ____________________Zip ______________________________ Home Phone ( Fax (
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Business Membership Complete Name Of Business (As you want it listed in our files and the DBCC Directory) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person or Owner/President ____________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ City __________________________________________________ State ________________________ Zip ________________________ Email __________________________________________________ Phone ________________________ Fax ________________________ Would you like your fax number & email address listed in the directory?
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Under what business category should your company be listed? ______________________________________________________________ Is your business minority owned? Yes ❑ Sole Proprietorship ❑
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Fee enclosed $ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Credit Card Card # ________________________________________________ Expiration Date ____________________________________________ Card Holder Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I am interested in the following DBCC committee(s): ❏ Banking
❏ International Trade
❏ Bus./Eco. Development
❏ MLK Main Street
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce â€“ Founded 1926 The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for the creation, growth and general welfare of African American businesses in the Dallas community. The Chamber actively promotes the expansion of business opportunities on behalf of its membership through referrals, partnerships, seminars, technical assistance and marketing. The Chamber focuses on economic and business development, education, convention/tourism and special projects. Your membership is the pivotal component for success-itâ€™s the only way we can make a difference! Join Us!!!
Reginald Gates President, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
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Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce 2838 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75215